As a talk-radio poet, Tarzana Joe’s weekly poems are commentaries on everything from the recent elections to popular culture. Listener response to these segments has kept them a part of a commercial radio program for over ten years. On the weekend before Valentine’s Day several years ago, he offered to write love poems for the gift-challenged. Overwhelmed withrequests, he began a new career as a poet-for-hire.
Joe attended Regis, an all-scholarship Jesuit high school in New York City. He won a Carswell Scholarship to Wake Forest University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Theatre. He has participated in the Sunland-Tujunga Shouting Coyote Poetry Festival and appeared as Shakespeare at the Los Angeles Unified School District-Reseda Festival of Books. Joe’s play “Blue Laws” was nominated for an L.A. Ovation Award as Best New Play in Los Angeles. He co-wrote the screenplay for “The Pickets” which was accepted into the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival in 2003. He is the Executive Producer of “Animals” a documentary about animal cruelty issues.
Joe is a goalie and plays ice hockey in Simi Valley. He lives in Tarzana in the San Fernando Valley.